MORE than 2,200 runners completed the popular Southend Half Marathon this morning.

Paul Whittaker was the first to finish in a time of one hour, nine minutes and 18 seconds while Ian Butler (1:11:02) took second and David Smale (1:11:28) third.

Katie King was the first female finisher as she crossed the line in 1:22:37 while Rebecca Okill was second in 1:24:30 and Nikki Juniper third in 1:25:01.

The 13.1 mile race starts and finishes at Shoebury East Beach and sees runners completing two loops along the sea front.

Full results from the Southend Half Marathon can be found here.

Money raised from the event goes to Havens Hospices.